Private Rental Housing (Housing Choice Voucher / Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, was created by Congress in 1974. The HCV program is the largest affordable housing program in the United States and is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HCV / Section 8 program provides rental assistance to families, the elderly and persons with special needs who have incomes up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
Vouchers enable participants to receive a subsidy, while leasing from their choice of landlords in the private market. The rental assistance is designed so that families are not forced to spend an unreasonable portion of the monthly income on shelter. The HCV / Section 8 program also allows families the flexibility to select the community or neighborhood in which they live.
HCV / Section 8 Wait List (CLOSED)
SPHA'S HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV) / SECTION 8 WAIT LIST IS CLOSED. If you already are on the wait list and would like to check your status, please click here.
Click HERE for the Change of Address form
Applicants MUST submit all changes, including change of address, to the SPHA in writing. When your name comes to the top of the wait list, you will be contacted by mail. Failure to submit a change of address will result in your name being removed from the wait list.
Information for HCV / Section 8 Residents
Contact Your Housing Specialist
To find your Housing Specialist, please refer to this updated list of caseloads (PDF) and look for the first letters of your last name. For office directions, map, and bus routes, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please download the following PDF file for a list of questions asked by applicants about the HCV / Section 8 program and their answers, including what to expect when you are selected from the wait list and what to bring to your annual recertification appointment.
Section 8 Program Overview
Please download the following PDF file for a detailed guide of how the HCV / Section 8 program works.
Important Forms for Residents
The Interim Change Form should be completed at any time a tenant has a change in income and/or household composition. For an interim change, please download the following PDF file and submit all completed pages to your caseworker.
The Personal Declaration Form is required for all new enrollees prior to tenancy and thereafter at their annual recertification review.
The following Authorization for the Release of Information / Privacy Act Notice allows HUD and the housing authority to verify your eligibility and level of benefits under HUD’s assisted housing programs.
Finding Available Apartments
SPHA has partnered with www.Gosection8.com to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential HCV / Section 8 tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market.
Tenants, click here to search the rental listings.
You can also search for available housing in your community online at www.floridahousingsearch.org.
Income Limits and Verification
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
SPHA believes that all people should have equal access to the housing of their choice and conducts our business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing law. For more information about fair housing and your rights, please visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing / Equal Opportunity website at www.hud.gov/fairhousing.
SPHA Section 8 Administrative Plan
Hurricane and Other Disaster Preparedness
With the start of this year’s hurricane season on June 1, SPHA is encouraging our residents to prepare for potential emergency situations. While events like hurricanes, floods and fires are frightening to consider, having a disaster plan in place can help families react more calmly to the unexpected and can reduce the loss of life and damage to property in the event of an emergency.
Other Voucher Programs
Working in partnership with the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), SPHA issues housing vouchers to eligible homeless veterans, providing them with an income-based rental subsidy, through the federally funded U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. Veterans participating in this program also are required to work with Bay Pines VAMC case managers to help them move towards independence and to sustain self-sufficiency. SPHA administers 230 HUD-VASH vouchers, which are worth approximately $1.4 million in federal funding per year. For more information about this program and its eligibility requirements, please contact Bay Pine’s VASH Coordinators at
The goal of HUD’s Project-Based Voucher program is to expand the availability of higher quality affordable housing units to the elderly, disabled individuals and homeless military veterans. Under the Project-Based Voucher program, the housing authority enters into an assistance contract with the owner for specified units and for a specified term.
SPHA currently is administering the following voucher programs:
- 105 project-based vouchers for the low-income elderly (55 years and older) residents of Serenity Towers
- 162 project-based vouchers for qualified elderly (55 and older) residents of the Philip Benjamin Tower
- 40 project-based vouchers for the homeless at the Pinellas Hope II transitional housing facility
Click on the following link for Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about the Project-Based Voucher program.
Please call our office at 727-323-3171 (please open this PDF for extensions) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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Section 8 in the Community
SPHA is required by HUD to reduce the concentration of poverty in certain areas within our jurisdiction, which includes the City of St. Petersburg and a 10-mile radius of the city. Click here to download a map of the concentration of housing vouchers within SPHA's jurisdiction (PDF).
Please Be Advised
Please be advised there are websites that offer online government applications for Section 8 or Public Housing for a fee. These websites have no affiliation with and are not endorsed by SPHA, other local housing authorities, or HUD. SPHA accepts no responsibility or liability for applications retrieved, downloaded or paid for from unrelated websites.